5 signs you need a new laptop

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You might to shocked to learn that the most reliable Chromebooks have an honest-to-goodness expiration date. Once that date is reached, it’s trash. The Chromebook will not get any more patches or updates. 

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If you’re Googling, “Do I need a new laptop?” or “Should I upgrade or replace my laptop?” the answer is probably yes. Tap or click here for my picks for the best Chromebooks and Windows and Mac laptops for every budget.

Typing on laptop, file photo.

Typing on laptop, file photo.
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Let’s look at the clear-cut signs buying a new laptop is in your immediate future.

Sign 1: Your laptop is a slow poke

I’m not just talking about web pages taking a little longer to load. I’m talking about when your laptop takes 10 minutes to turn on. Maybe you’re running two programs at once, and everything slows down to a crawl.

A laptop getting slower is mostly a sign of age. Of course, it could also mean you have malware or hackers on your device. Here’s how to tell if your computer has been compromised.

Laptops slow down as their memory fills up and when multiple applications are running at once. Sometimes you can speed up a computer by upgrading the CPU and RAM. You could save yourself a lot of money by upgrading your hardware.

My rule of thumb: When the cost to upgrade or fix an old laptop is 30% of the price of a new one, buy a new one.

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Sign 2: It’s hot

Laptops come with built-in fans to keep cool. You may have heard the fan whirring when your machine has been running for a long time. It’s trying to make the toasty device drop a few degrees in your lap.

Over time, these fans can get full of dust and debris — or they’re just worn down. When this happens, your laptop will still heat up, but now it can’t cool itself down.

HP Chromebook 13 G1

HP Chromebook 13 G1
(Hewlett-Packard)

Ultimately, this kind of heating up signifies that you should replace your laptop. If your computer gets hot enough, it will cease to function. Consistent overheating can even lead to breakage or even…

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